Kyoto Travel Guide
Plan Your Kyoto Vacation
The astonishing number of temples, shrines, and palaces that adorn the city make Kyoto's architecture its most famous feature to visitors. Japan's capital for more than 1,000 years, Kyoto was the center not only for politics, but religion, philosophy, art, culture, and cuisine. Every one of Japan's refined cultural arts blossomed from seeds that were planted here, including the tea ceremony, Kabuki theater, Zen, and Tantric Buddhism.
No other Japanese city can compete with Kyoto for style and grace. For the ultimate experience of Kyoto hospitality, stay... read more
Attuned to subtle seasonal changes, Kyoto cuisine emphasizes freshness and contrast. From the finest ryotei (high-class... read more
Things To Do in Kyoto
Explore the best sights, entertainment, and shopping with our top choices and insider tips.
Architecture: Despite modernization, about 27,000 traditional houses remain. The preservation districts include Sannen-zaka, Gion... Read more
Compared with the style of cooking elsewhere in Japan, Kyoto-ryori (Kyoto cuisine) is lighter and more delicate, stressing the... Read more
Although Kyoto was Japan's capital for more than 10 centuries, the real center of political power was often elsewhere, be it Kamakura... Read more
Japan's traditional and modern worlds intersect where Shijo-dori crosses Hanami-koji-dori in the district of Gion. To the south,... Read more
Temples, shrines, and gardens can't be taken home with you. You can, however, pack up a few omiyage (mementos) for which this... Read more
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